Q. How long have you been birding?
Q. What got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?

Introducing our April 2003
Birder of the Month:

Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Q.  What field guide do you prefer to use?
Q.  What are your 3 favorite birds? and is/are there any particular reason(s) they're your favorites??
Q.  Tell us about your BEST birding experience.... so far.
Q.  What was your WORST??
Q.  What are you most likely to say when a bird flies before you can ID it??
Q.  What was the last book you read?
12 years.
My mom bought me Peterson's field guide and cheap binoculars before I moved to Ft.  Smith in 1990.  Then my husband suggested I join an Audubon Society chapter if there was one.  Well, there was.  The field trips hooked me.  My mom says that she created a monster.
I have three, actually.  Sequoyah NWR year-round, Tenkiller State Park in the winter, and Moffett bottoms during spring shorebird migration.  And of course, there's Kerr Lake for Gulls in the winter.  I guess that's four places.
National Audubon Society and Sibley's.
Snowy Owl -- my friends and I chased the owl that was near Sooner Lake a few years ago.  When I saw it, it just blew me away.  I thought it simply gorgeous and oh, so powerful.
White-throated Sparrow -- they're just so cute.  And that song, just wonderful.  I miss them when they leave in the spring and look forward to their return in the fall.
I can't decide on a third, either
Red-headed Woodpecker or Brown Creeper; I guess Brown Creeper.  They're just so cool.
I really enjoyed my birding experience in Grenada.  I had one day there on the way back from a mission trip to Guyana.  I did my homework by calling the tourism bureau in Grenada and asking for a list of birds I might see there.  I received the nicest letter from a young man who told me to call him on my arrival and he would take me birding.  Well, he did.  We took the mini-bus into the country and he introduced me to the nicest farming family.  I started seeing my first life birds on the farm.  We then climbed a steep, volcanic soil mountain and did not use a trail.  But because of the effort, I saw the endangered, endemic Grenada Dove, male and female Hook-billed Kite (Grenada Race), nesting Antillean Crested Hummingbirds, and so on.  There was a group of hummers nesting in the same area, all eye-level and within reach.  Beautiful!
     There were many other adventures that day.  I got back to the hotel muddy and bleeding.  The forests are full of trees with all sizes of thorns.  I got cleaned up and, with one of the doctors, met my guide and he gave us a tour of one of the 1700 forts still standing.  That was his official job.  He also sang Grenada's National Anthem for us.  (Former Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his girlfriend were assassinated at this fort.)
I was driving through the Moffett bottoms when I noticed a Kestrel sitting on a wire.  As soon as I said to myself, "Oh, there's a Kestrel," that bird flew down in front of my car and I whacked it.  There was nothing I could do.  It was a young bird and I figured it was focused on something to eat in the road; obviously, it hadn't learned to fear a car.  I picked it up and it's now a skin at UAFS.
Edwin Way Teale's Wandering Through Winter.
While it's true that Sandy doesn't LIVE
in Oklahoma, we at
A Dim View have birded
with Sandy and feel she more than qualifies
to be known as an "OKie-birder."
Sandy (right) birding in Trinidad,
with guide (1998)